Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
on April 17th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.
Common enemy, common cause.
When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.
And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.
But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.
What power can bruise the sky?
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the epic conclusion to one of my favourite fantasy series out there. The characters, the heartbreak, and the twists are one of a kind, and I simply have no words to express how much I adore this finale and the whole precedent series. I can see why some readers thought of Dreams of Gods and Monsters as a flat third instalment, and though this book is not without flaws, the amount of feels is beyond measure compared to a lot of other finales I’ve read recently. Within the span of three books, my heart was broken and glued back together more times than I can count.
“I love vengeance like normal people love sunsets and long walks on the beach. I eat vengeance with a spoon like it’s honey. In fact, I may not even be a real person, but just a vow of vengeance made flesh.”
It goes without saying that I’ve grown really attached to this cast of characters. Karou is focusing on the battles ahead, trying to push Akiva out of her thoughts as much as she again (release that breath you’re holding: she’s not very successful at it…). Akiva is focusing on his blue-haired girl, tryigng to push the war he’s about to be caught up in out of his thoughts as much as he can. Zuzana and Mik, as Karou’s most loyal sidekicks, determine that if you can choose to be a samurai, you should always be a samurai. Ziri, of course, plays an utterly important role as an impostor, and Liraz finally begins to show the cracks in her rock-hard mask of condescension. I won’t lie to you, people: Although this book is all about war, betrayal, and hope, the ships in Dreams of Gods and Monsters are going strong.
“We haven’t been introduced. Not really.”
The plot is a rollercoaster of tension, twists, and action-packed scenes. Foe becomes ally as chimaera and angels unite against a threat bigger than they are to themselves. I’m an absolute sucker for enemies-working-together kinds of stories, and therefore, chimaera and angels fighting side by side was probably one of the most epic things ever for me. The romantic subplots, as mentioned, had me either rip my hair out, howl to the moon, or burst into hysterical giggles. The only issue I have with this book is how new characters are introduced in this final instalment, suddenly playing a crucial role towards the series’ ending. And with them comes a whole new storyline, which felt like a hastily interwoven subplot and made the ending feel very rushed.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters is many things but mediocre, flat, or disappointing is not one of them. This book has finally restored my faith in good trilogy finales (yes, Ruin and Rising, I’m looking at you). Though it does have a bump in its shiny surface, Dreams of Gods and Monsters is gritty, dark, and compelling. There shall be no doubt that Laini Taylor weaves her tale of love at war with an unbelievable grace and skill. I highly recommend this series to anyone who’s in love with the fantasy genre (urban fantasy respectively). Or perhaps to anyone, period.